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Silver Coin vs. Sitar


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Silver Coin vs. Sitar

Birmingham | Apr 18, 2011 07:24 PM

It's been a while now since Sitar opened downtown and I'm just wondering what you-all think of it now as compared with Silver Coin (I only ate once at Taj and the chicken I had was near raw--that was enough to end it for me). My husband and I had been going regularly to Silver Coin with a friend until Sitar opened and then we started going there. Loved the low price of the buffet and things just seemed fresher and more varied.

But the last time for us was Christmas Day--went with a group (including an Englishman who couldn't wait to have Indian after a long time away), but it was really underwhelming. Nothing was as spicy as we would have liked it. And that is what we had been noticing about the place: started out with items on the buffet that had good spiciness but then eventually everything got bland. There was one time last Fall, however, when I told the server that the tikka masala finally had a nice heat to it. He apologized, saying they had a new chef. He couldn't seem to understand that I was telling him it was GOOD and please keep it that way.

After the Christmas disappointment we went back to Silver Coin. Okay, it's more expensive and there's not as much variety to the buffet, but the curry and tikka masala both had a decent kick to it. (Just wish they hadn't started adding bell peppers as a "garnish" to the tandoori--I'm allergic. I'm sure they got the idea from Sitar.) The service is also much more helpful and friendly--unlike the servers at Sitar who seem to spend all their time looking at the computer.

Wondering if others have been feeling the same way about the two restaurants. Doesn't seem to me Sitar is going to do well if they're afraid to make their dishes even slightly spicy. Who is it they're trying to please?

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